Terri Shamar is a worship leader, teacher, musician, award winning singer-songwriter of contemporary Christian music.
Terri Shamar, worship leader for Calvary Chapel Grants Pass, Oregon, also leads worship at different churches as an established worship leader and Contemporary Christian Artist in the community and abroad. Her new worship single, “Holy Holy is the Lord” was featured in the 2013 Winter issue and 2012 Summer Issue of Oikeo Music “Christian Songwriters Magazine”. A popular tune off Terri’s previous EP, (produced by Phil Baquie ofSonicFlood) “Child After My Own Heart”, was in the 2013 movie, “Through a Mother’s Eyes”, based on a true story of Debbie Miller, writer/producer, Greg Robbins, of the previous christian suspense movie, “C Me Dance“, which Terri’s older tune, “See Me Dance” was the Title Sound track for the movie released in 2009, other songs in the movie by Lincoln Brewster, Stephanie Fraschetti, and Eowyn.
Terri Shamar had recorded 5 Cds to date, and her latest EP, “Child After My Own Heart”, was recorded with her producer, Phil Baquie (SonicFlood). “Terri is an awesome songwriter, and is one of the best female guitarists to ever go through the studio.” Fueled by the band’s melodious rock edge, Terri’s songs bring hope to a world falling apart before our very eyes, preparing us for the soon return of the Lord Jesus Christ. The EP featuring one of her older songs, “See Me Dance” (Wake Now Sleeper cd), became the Title Soundtrack for the Christian movie, “C Me Dance”, also released in April 2009. Her newest worship EP “SANCTUARY”, produced by Jon Newell, will be released this April 2014.
Terri Shamar and her husband live in the beautiful city of Grants Pass. The “new home” of the 106.7 FM Calvary Chapel Grants Pass Radio Tower, was put up on their property in October 2012. “The station is a strong voice in the community, with Pastor Denny Stahl of Calvary Chapel, United with Israel, and representative as one of the most strongest political speakers in the area and widely abroad.” Terri also ministers at special events, churches, retreats, coffee houses, schools, women’s conferences, etc. Terri Shamar is determined to go where angels dare to tread.
Worship leader/songwriter/musician, with a powerful testimony, Terri’s songs are not just salt and peppered by the word of God… they are bathed in it. She is unique and can passionately rock the house, capturing the hearts of her audiences, the backslidden, the broken, and the lost. Her audiences leave feeling inspired and even healed. One of God’s messengers, Terri Shamar is a divine appointment to the Body of Christ.
” My songs have been birthed through much suffering, pain, and fiery trials in my life: rejection, abandonment, abuse, persecution, slander, grief, kidnapped, physical pain, and have faced death itself – a 50 ft. waterfall accident which was more like some kind of baptism and ordination service; car accident without a scratch, preceded by an angelic warning 3 days before…and physically dying, with excruciating stomach pain ”unknown” to doctors. “I was doing my concerts in pain, and no one knew I wanted to end my life because the pain was so great. No one knew the pain I was in, and I wanted to run my jeep into the river after a concert. I had cried out to the Lord to either take me out, or heal me. The Lord gently spoke to me and said, ‘My grace is sufficient for you.’ From that point on, I was totally healed of all physical illness and pain in my body. I have not been sick with anything since 1996.” Throughout the years, the Lord has used Terri helping those with prayer, diet, fasting, and many suffering with different illnesses, and cancer, etc.
Background & Journey~
Terri Shamar began playing guitar at 8 years old when her father, from the famous “Lee” line, a strong military man 37 years and retired Captain, related to Robert E. Lee, and the two Lee signers on the Declaration of Independence….. laid a guitar in her hands, and taught herself to play songs off the radio. In her second grade class, she began putting little melodies to her teacher’s poems, which later became popular childrens’ songs in her school.
She began leading worship at fifteen years old. This was the beginning of her training ground which God began grooming her to lead worship. Petite in stature, wearing her 12-string guitar like a dress, ministered to many. “Early one morning, I repeated a prayer after my girlfriend. And as the tears flowed, this HUGE weight came off me, and I felt light as a feather! I was truly a new creature in Christ, with eyes wide open!” When she received Jesus as her personal Savior, Terri threw away her large notebook full of song collections from performing in Top 40 bands the past few years, and all her albums into the dumpster, putting away her guitar. She didn’t realize there was christian music, so she began learning songs from Amy Grant, Sandi Patti, 2nd Chapter of Acts, Darrel Mansfield, Chuck Girard, Phil Driskol, etc, then began writing her own songs. Since then, Terri went to college and studied Recording Studio Engineering, music theory, and studied Voice with the late Dr. Ann Alman, a coliatura opera singer from New York, who encouraged Terri to teach the art of voice. Terri is one of the main voice instructors and guitar teachers in the community.
In 1988, out of 200 entries in the Southern California Songwriter’s Festival, she was selected to perform her Christian pop tune, “You Carried Me All the Way,” copyrighted 1987, and was given airplay and honorable mentions in major newspapers. Terri’s music plays on various radio stations throughout the world. Terri was also in a band called “JC -911″ who were attending Brian Broderson’s Calvary Chapel in Vista, CA.
September 2003, Terri won 1st Place at the Christian Music Talent Search (Festival Con Dios) in Medford, Oregon. Phil Joel (Newsboys), one of her judges, announced Terri First Place Winner with her song, “You Are My Keeper” from her “Wake Now Sleeper” Cd.
2005 Marching Orders~
“In March 2005, the Lord visited me through the strange beautiful rays of the sunrise, and His Presence filled my apartment. I then ran outside and looked up to see this beautiful strange glow in the sky. I then noticed my yard was the only one with flowers on the whole street. Purple Hyacinth or Crocus flowers which are significant to me. I ran back inside the apartment shouting, ‘He’s here, He’s here!’ I opened up all the blinds, the beautiful rays flooding my apartment, and my husband told me to hear what the Lord would say to me. When I calmed down, the Lord spoke. He told me I had the joy of a child at Christmas time. But the Bride of Christ was not ready for Him, and that many would shrink from His Presence, that her garments are filthy from the world, and then said to me, ”Terri, Go. Tell My Bride to make herself ready for My coming, having no spot nor wrinkle, unstained from the world, because I am coming very soon.” Right then, the beautiful sunrise vanished up into the fog layer between two mountain peaks, and it was gloomy again. I was sad and heartbroken because He was gone! The Holy Spirit compelled me to open up to Heb.10:30-39 “…….Therefore, do not throw away your confidence which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one shall live by faith; And if He shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.” I truly believe this is our final hour to fulfill the calling on all our lives, as though He will come back any minute…….”
Summer of 2006 ~ After cutting her third CD “Wake Now Sleeper”, she held a fund raiser for the Hurricane Katrina Victims, at the Historical Rogue Theatre in Grants Pass, OR., the first Contemporary christian artist to ever perform there. Terri was the first Contemporary Christian artist to play at the Summer Annual “Concerts in the Park”. Thought of as a pioneer in this town of Grants Pass, Terri sighed, ‘God is not through with me yet!” Sprawled on the floor, face smashed in the ground, once again surrendering to God, remembering that the proof of your faith being more precious than gold, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ……
In January 2007~ When God moves, He moves! Terri was already booked for a paid China Missionary trip, although she felt the Spirit prompting her to go to Franklin, TN., but her husband said, “We’re already booked for China…..and you’re going to China.” Couple weeks later, Terri’s husband’s company needed him to meet an important contract deadline. And the company reimbursed every dime and then some for the China trip! So the Lord wisked Terri off to Franklin, TN. in March 2007, to attend and perform at the Indieheaven CIA Summit Conference, a turning point in her journey.
In September 2007, the Lord wisked Terri off to Pakistan with her husband, and Ambassador Ministries, ministering in song and word, day and night at Crusades 15,000 to 50,000 in attendance, traveling city to city, and had an opportunity to sing for Pakistan Dignitaries. There were many miracles, many healings, and thousands of souls saved. There was a documented testimony of a girl healed of blindness as Terri was singing in one of the crusades. Terri sang and preached to a 300 Muslim women conference, and laid hands on all who were sick, where physical healings and miracles took place. They cried out, “A miracle happened in our church!” and now call her their spiritual mother, the “young Mother Teresa that rocks!” This mission was truly a life changing experience! ”I felt so much of the glory of God in me, that there were times I didn’t feel my feet touching the ground. My feet never got tired.” Thank the Lord for His mercy and protection! Again, the first in history for a Contemporary Christian Artist to ever perform in Pakistan!
2009 Upload/Vision from the Lord~
“On June 29th, 2009, I had some kind of ”upload” or vision. The Lord took me up and we were traveling past New York. I saw that it was “dark and devastated”, with no lights. We kept “traveling” and talking about “things”, but it’s not revealed to me what we were talking about. We traveled very far away from New York, over these very beautiful, calm waters, a sparkling river with trees on each side of the river. Then, I looked and saw a building that resembled something in the Middle East. It was beautiful, but was tilted as if by earthquake or war, and I noticed a scone-looking light still on, which was on the front face of the building, making me think it was evening time. A little later (and who knows how much time had lapsed), I asked the Lord, “What are all these forest fires, and fires, Lord?” And He spoke plainly and clearly to me, “That is Iran.” I then said, “I’m afraid.” Well, I don’t know why I would say that because I had no fear being with Jesus! So, I know I said that in a future tense. The Lord then spoke and said, “Don’t be afraid. Think of it as fun and exciting!” I had shared this upload/vision, whatever you want to call it, to several pastors and leaders around the globe. Shortly, I began seeing and watching alarming news reports on tv. Pastors/leaders were emailing me, saying, “Terri, thought you might be interested in this,” which were articles talking about Iran, the destruction of Iran, Israel nuking Iran, etc… It was confirmed to me that my vision was real. In fact every vision I’ve had for the past 30 years have all come to pass. There hasn’t been one that has not come to pass.”
“Just recently, in November 2012, Hurricane Sandy, a monster East Coast Storm, came through and devastated New York, and the surrounding states. It was “dark and devastated” with no power. I was asking myself if this was the 2009 vision coming to pass. I paid close attention to the news reports as I searched for pictures that would resemble what I saw in my vision. I found a picture that was almost precise of what I saw in my vision. I was dumbfounded. In conclusion, the forest fires, and fires in Iran and Israel are happening now.”
“One of the reasons I have spoken out to share this vision with you, is because the Coming of the Lord is so much closer than ever before. Number two, the Lord said, ”GO, warn the Body of Christ to get ready. I’m coming very soon,” in March 2005. And then 2009, the Vision of New York, dark and devastated, with no power, no lights, coming to pass in November 2012, is more closer than ever before. Are we supposed to hide our head in the sand and be in denial about it? No, I don’t think so. Look around, what do you see? Peace and tranquility? Or, chaos? We need to sound the trumpet, and spread the gospel, telling the world the Kingdom of God is at hand! I believe we are to know for sure our calling and fulfill our ministries, advancing the Kingdom of God with joy! Look up, for your redemption draws near! No one knows the day or the hour, not even the Son, but it’s all in God’s perfect timing. We keep watch on Israel, God’s timepiece. The boat is docked for now, and the door of the ark is open, and we are to “prepare” for smooth waters. Get on board now, before the door of the ark is shut.”
Continuing the Journey~
“The last few years I’ve been leading worship, and the Lord has opened up many doors and opportunities. I just go where He leads me.” Terri led worship for a Messianic group for awhile, learning and studying the Feasts and the Hebrew language, that she may return to Israel again and be more proficient in the language. The Hebrew language is the Sacred Tongue, and was Jesus’ native tongue. “Did you know that the DNA of the universe is comprised of the Hebrew alphabet, and down to our very cells?”
Not only missionary to the precious people of Pakistan, Terri Shamar is also missionary to Roatan, Honduras, where diabetes and aids are prevalent. Visiting Orphanages and small villages, has been her new quest on the island. She has been a guest worship leader in one of the churches, RChurch.TV. Although there are many churches there, the island still needs evangelism. Terri had a divine appointment, and was taken to a small church on the water near the poor villages, and a school, where she led worship, gave her testimony, and prayed for the sick and afflicted, and encouraged them to continue. This church believed a speaker would come to them, and Terri was received and honored. “When I gave the altar call and prayed for them, the Lord let me read their mail, because they wouldn’t tell me what was wrong with them! I had a profound word for each one. It was so incredibly rewarding that God did such a powerful work in that little church on the water, where their pastor had died three months before. These three dynamic women of God, took over for their beloved pastor, and is keeping the ministry going.